Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday appeared at the Kamrup district and session court in connection with a Rs 100 crore defamation case filed against him by BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma.
For first time in his almost 15 years as chief minister, Gogoi has appeared before the court in a defamation case.
“I am a law abiding citizen. Responding to the court summon, I appeared in the court today. There is an allegation made against me. We will fight back,” Gogoi said. The court has fixed February 8 as the next date of hearing.
Sarma had filed the defamation case against Gogoi after the chief minister made allegations against him. Gogoi in December last alleged in press conference that Sarma was accused in both Louis Berger scandal and the Saradha scandal.
Advocate Debajit Saikia, legal counsel of Sarma said that all documents were placed before the court relating to the status of Sarma as only a witness in the CBI list on the Saradha case and a document from USA’s New Jersey Court that there was no mention of Himanta or any politician from Assam in the FBI complaint petition before that court in the Louis Berger case.
After Gogoi appeared in the Court, Sarma tweeted: “Today Law has forced Tarun Gogoi appear before the Court. In April , we will force him to appear in the people’s court for his misdeeds.”